Burn injury to hand while servicing hot bearing

Safety Alert Type: 
Heavy Equipment
Location: 
Central Okanagan region
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2012-03-08
Company Name: 
R. Smith Contracting Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

While servicing and inspecting his machine at the end of the day, an equipment operator noticed a hot bearing. He greased the bearing using an electric grease gun with a needle tip through the center of the rubber plug that seals the unit (see photos in attached pdf).

After several shots of grease the rubber cap blew off, spraying him with hot grease. The operator wasn’t wearing gloves and he received second degree burns to his hand.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

• Allow all components to cool before servicing or repairing

• Wear appropriate PPE for even minor tasks (ie - eye protection and gloves)

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information: Dean Smith, R. Smith Cont. Ltd. 250-470-2433

File attachments
Burn injury to hand while servicing hot bearing.pdf
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